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Syria's conflict created "fertile ground" for radical armed groups

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman (centre), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The prolongation of the conflict in Syria has created fertile ground for the growth of radical armed groups, including those affiliated with Al Qaeda. That's what Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs said on Monday during his regular briefing to the Security Council on the Middle East. The recent surge in violence in Iraq [...]

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"Modest but meaningful contribution" to peace in Syria after removal of chemical weapons

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) .  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A "modest but meaningful contribution" to peace and security in Syria has been made following the "100 per cent removal" of the country's chemical weapons material. That's according to the Special Coordinator of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. The OPCW-UN Joint Mission is [...]

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Removal of chemical weapons in Syria complete

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

A major milestone has been reached with the "100 per cent removal" of Syria's declared chemical weapons material, according to the Special Coordinator of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. The focus in recent weeks had been on removing the remaining 7.2 per cent [...]

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Challenges faced by small island states are "challenges for world"

Listen / The reflection of a tree in the wetlands of Tasitolu lake.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

The challenges faced by small island developing states are also challenges for the rest of the world, according to a senior UN development official. The so-called SIDS group face a wide range of issues including their remoteness, lack of resources, poor infrastructure and susceptibility to climate change and natural disasters. UN Member States are meeting [...]

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"Shock and alarm" over sentencing of Al Jazeera journalists

Listen / Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The heavy jail sentences handed down to Al Jazeera journalists by an Egyptian court on Monday has "shocked and alarmed" the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The three journalists, sentenced to 7 to 10 years, were working for the Doha-based media house funded by the ruling family of Qatar. According to media reports, they [...]

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"Integrate" environmental agenda in post-2015 development

Listen / A young girl carries a pine seedling.   UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The international community is being urged to integrate environmental issues in a "holistic manner" into the Post-2015 development agenda. Hundreds of environment ministers, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders have gathered in Nairobi for the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to discuss global environmental challenges. The assembly is [...]

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International community urged to emphasis forest for development policies

Listen / Selm Muir Forest of West Lothian, Scotland in autumn.  UN Photo/Robert Clamp

Countries around the world need to put more emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy. That's according to the State of the World's Forests report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The report argues that the role of forests in food security and development is [...]

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"Historic" UN Environment Assembly opens in Nairobi

Listen / A young boy plants the rice crop in the village fields.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

Finding ways to use and dispose resources in a way that reduces harm to the environment will be a key focus of the United Nations' first ever Environment Assembly or UNEA. That's according to Naysan Sahba, the UN Environment Programme's Director for Communications and Public Information. The UNEA opened in Nairobi on Monday with more [...]

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1.3 billion people dependent on forests

Listen / Damar Forests of Indonesia.   UN Photo/Eva Fendiaspara

Around 1.3 billion people globally are dependent on forests for their livelihood according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The State of the World's Forests report released by FAO on Monday argues that the role of forests in food security and development is often over looked. It says the socio-economic benefits of forests are [...]

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Small island states "can develop sustainably"

Listen / Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world, vulnerable to the impact of the climate change.  UN/Ariane Rummery

The world's smallest island states can develop sustainably if all sectors of society come together to work on solutions. That's the opinion of Wu Hongbo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. Small island developing states, known by the acronym SIDS are meeting in New York this week ahead of an international conference being held [...]

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